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1 September 2010 10:06 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

Premiering Sept. 7 on HBO, "My Trip to Al-Qaeda" is a documentary based on journalist and author Lawrence Wright's one-man show of the same name. Composed largely of Wright performing his piece in front of an audience, "My Trip to Al-Qaeda" chronicles his personal experience researching and investigating al-Qaida and Sept. 11 for his Pulitzer Prize–winning book, "The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11"—a tome that has since become the go-to reference on the subject. Wright had previous experience with filmmaking: He had written screenplays for political films such as "Noriega: God's Favorite" and the 1998 Denzel Washington–starrer "The Siege." That film's plot revolved around terrorist attacks that lead the U.S. to declare martial law and place Arab-Americans in detention camps.Imbued with personal reflections as well as a journalist's eye, "My Trip to Al-Qaeda" offers invaluable insight into the historical occurrence, telling the tale in an intimate and humane way. »

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